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Hun Sen Hits Back at Rumors of Illness With Selfies, City Drives

Prime Minister Hun Sen continued to fight off Facebook rumors that he was unwell and seeking treatment abroad over the weekend, making his case using video selfies and photographs of a casual Sunday drive.

Woman Arrested for Linking Hun Sen to Kem Ley Murder

Anti-terrorism police arrested a woman on Wednesday for allegedly linking Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family to the murder of political analyst Kem Ley in a live video on Facebook during Sunday’s commemorations for the government critic.

Prime Minister Hits Back at Health, Internal Strife Claims

Prime Minister Hun Sen went on the attack against a Facebook user who claimed the premier was out of the country receiving medical treatment, branding him a gangster with the intention of sowing chaos.

CPP Passes More Party Law Changes in Assembly

The ruling CPP on Monday passed contentious new rules that will make it illegal for the CNRP to even appear to be coordinating with popular opposition figure Sam Rainsy, in a National Assembly vote that was boycotted by the CNRP, which called the changes unconstitutional.

District Guards Block Kem Ley Commemoration at Caltex

As more than a thousand people turned out to commemorate the death of slain political analyst Kem Ley in Takeo province on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of his death was marked quietly in Phnom Penh, where authorities prevented a small ceremony from being held at the site where the murder took place.

Political Party Law Would Sever Rainsy From CNRP

Opposition figure Sam Rainsy would effectively be cut off from any ties to the CNRP under a controversial set of CPP-sponsored changes to Cambodia’s Law on Political Parties.

NGOs Warned To Comply With Law or Face Action

Interior Minister Sar Kheng took aim at civil society on Tuesday night, warning NGOs to comply with the law or face legal action, at the same time the ministry ordered the ad hoc election monitoring group the Situation Room to cease any future monitoring activities.

Interior Ministry Issues Stop-Order to Situation Room NGOs

The Interior Ministry on Tuesday sent cease-and-desist letters to at least two independent groups over their participation in the election monitoring consortium dubbed the Situation Room, effectively ending any plans by the ad hoc group to monitor the national election next year.

CPP Aims ‘to Kill’ Rainsy’s Career With Law Changes

The ruling party submitted its newest proposed revisions to the Law on Political Parties to the National Assembly on Monday in what a CPP spokesman described on radio as an attempt to “kill Sam Rainsy’s political career.”

CNRP Takeo Commune Candidates Questioned in Incitement Case

Six CNRP commune election candidates accused of incitement after an argument in which an opposition supporter called a CPP supporter “stupid” were questioned at the Takeo Provincial Court yesterday, with two saying afterward they refuted the allegations.

Ministry Completes Initial Report on Election Monitor Group

An Interior Ministry team has finished an initial report on the activities of ad-hoc election monitoring group the Situation Room and it is now set to be reviewed by Minister Sar Kheng, officials said on Sunday.

CNRP Members Summoned for Questioning in Takeo, Phnom Penh

The Takeo Provincial Court has issued summons for six CNRP commune election candidates for questioning today related to a campaign confrontation in which a party member called a CPP supporter “stupid.”

Jailed SRP Senator’s Wife Unanimously Approved as Replacement

The Senate on Thursday unanimously approved Kun Lum Ang to take her jailed husband’s Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) seat in the chamber and added a new seat to the body to mirror a change in the lower house.

Ministry Kicks Off Situation Room Investigation

The Interior Ministry called members of the Situation Room “lawbreakers” Wednesday and said authorities were investigating them, refuting claims by the group of NGOs that they had done nothing illegal by temporarily gathering to monitor the June 4 commune elections.

Situation Room’s NGOs Face Investigation Over Monitoring

The NGO election consortium calling itself the “Situation Room” may be banned from future vote monitoring and the registration of its member NGOs investigated, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, after Prime Minister Hun Sen accused the group of violating the law, colluding with the opposition and serving as a base for a “color revolution.”

More Law Changes Underway to Sideline Rainsy

Peeved by opposition figure Sam Rainsy’s continued online criticism of his government, Prime Minister Hun Sen asked lawmakers on Wednesday to consider a second round of changes to the Law on Political Parties to keep the exiled “prisoner” out of Cambodian politics.

Hun Sen Orders Investigation Into Situation Room

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered authorities to investigate The Situation Room, a consortium of NGOs who voiced criticism of this month’s commune elections, for allegedly violating the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) and fermenting “color revolution.”

Wife of Imprisoned SRP Senator Tapped to Fill His Position

The legacy Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) has nominated Kun Lum Ang, wife of jailed senator Hong Sok Hour, to fill her husband’s seat, subject to approval by the Senate at a plenary session on Thursday.

CPP, TV Association Dismiss CNRP Claims of Media Bias

The CPP and the Cambodian TV Association on Tuesday rejected claims from the opposition CNRP that the media had favored the ruling party with disproportionate television airtime during campaigning for the June 4 commune elections.

Sokha Lawsuit Pushes Youth Leader Into Limelight

When Cambodian Youth Party President Pich Sros appeared last week at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to sue his old boss, CNRP president Kem Sokha, few Cambodians knew his name, his political party or his motives.